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Performant Financial sees suspension of ability to review/audit certain claims

In a regulatory filing Performant Financial disclosed that On September 26, "the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare announced that, during the period October 1 through December 31, we and the other recovery audit contractors will not be able to review and audit (i) whether inpatient care delivered to patients with hospital stays lasting less than “two midnights” was medically necessary and therefore deserving of the higher reimbursement levels under Medicare Part A or (ii) whether inpatient treatment was medically necessary for admissions spanning more than two midnights. Fees associated with recoveries initiated by us based upon improper claims for inpatient reimbursement of these short stays have represented a substantial portion of the revenues we have earned under our recovery and audit contract. We do not expect that the suspension of our ability to review these claims will impact our financial results in 2013 due to the timing of this action. However, the suspension of this type of review activity could have a material adverse effect on our 2014 healthcare revenues and operating results, depending on a variety of factors including, among other things, CMS’s evaluation of provider compliance with the new rules, the rules ultimately adopted by CMS with respect to medical necessity reviews of Medicare reimbursement claims associated with short stay inpatient admissions and, more generally, the scope of improper claims that CMS allows us to pursue and our ability to successfully identify improper claims within the permitted scope. As a result of these uncertainties and pending further clarification from CMS, we are unable to estimate the effects of CMS’s announcement on our 2014 financial results."